The designers meet Tim Gunn on a "real Hollywood soundstage" where he holds the ominous, Sorting-Hat. Well, you know, the velvet bag. Irina says they are all wondering if this means it's a team challenge, which you can tell would be her worst nightmare. Am I the only one who thinks Irina's voice is grating? She has only one dynamic: loud. In the bag are cards containing the names of five genres of film: Film Noir, Action-Adventure, Science Fiction, Period Piece and... Western. Tim explains that they will each choose a genre, create a character from that genre, and then design a look for that character. Joining Tim is Collier Strong, professional film make-up artist from L'Oreal Paris, who will be consulting with each designer as they put together their final looks. Everyone is horrified by the prospect of being stuck with Western, which is hilarious. I think it would be awesome. Gordana is my fave: "Western would be kind of tough for me," she says. "Because... I'm not really American."
Since Irina was the winner of the last challenge, she is allowed to pick first. She chooses Film Noir. Logan and Carol Hannah choose Action Adventure. Ra'Mon shocks me by very excitedly choosing Science Fiction, but he says in an interview that he has loved Sci-Fi his whole life, and is a total Trekkie. I love it. Louise does NOT shock me by choosing Film Noir. Way to go out of your comfort zone, Louise. "That has your name written all over it," Tim says. Althea also chooses Film Noir, which is a bit of a shame, I think. I'd love to see her really stretch and go for Science Fiction. However, I am thrilled when Nicolas chooses SciFi, instead. Christopher is so excited to be called next, as only Period Piece and Western remain, and he fears having to work with denim or gingham to do Western. Dude, don't be such a wuss -- and hmm, let me guess what Christopher will make as a "period" dress... something with a big skirt? We'll see. Gordana also picks Period Piece, leaving poor Epperson -- who somehow is ALWAYS last to choose in these things -- and Shirin with Western. They are obviously disappointed, which really surprises me. I think Western would be pretty fun, if you consider the options.